Oklahoma men's basketball: Newcomer Buddy Hield hoping to live up to nickname

His teammates dubbed him “The Microwave” in the preseason for heating things up off the bench. But as Romero Osby reminded him, Buddy Hield's got to keep earning that nickname.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: November 11, 2012 at 10:33 am •  Published: November 10, 2012

Besides, there are apparently two other electrical appliances that help the Sooners heat things up.

Freshman Je'lon Hornbeak tried to convince his cohorts that the freshmen are like a one-stop appliance shop. Hield's the microwave, Hornbeak's the stove and Isaiah Cousins is the oven.

They're ready to heat it up and dish it out.

“We the buffet and we deliver,” Hornbeak said. “We're hungry and we're just going to eat.”

During Oklahoma's first two exhibition games, the three freshmen produced, and newcomer Amath M'Baye combined to shoot .591 from beyond the arc (13-for-22) and .517 from the field. Hornbeak averaged 10.5 points per exhibition, while Cousins averaged 7.5.

All three freshmen said they're excited to continue “cooking” in the regular season.

“It's what we live for,” Hornbeak said. “We used to be on the video game playing but now it's not a video game, we actually get to play.”

Still, senior Romero Osby is holding OU's freshman trio accountable. Exhibition production was great, but he emphasized that they can keep the nicknames if they produce.

“Hold on. Hold on. Hold on,” Osby said when he overheard the Microwave nickname for Hield. He wrapped his arm around Hield's shoulder and put his face within inches of the freshman's.

“That's Vinnie Johnson's nickname. To earn that nickname you have to come in, in the NCAA Tournament, knock down shots, in the clutch.”

All the laughter subsided for a second, and Hield looked Osby in the eyes as he said, “Yes, sir.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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